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November 5, 2021

All Pennsylvanians 5 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine

To find an appointment near you, use the Vaccine Finder.

    

Text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) for English, or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish and receive three possible vaccination sites in your area, with phone numbers to call for an appointment.

   

If you need help, call the PA Department of Health Hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

   

News

   

COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Kids 5 to 11

The free COVID-19 vaccine is FDA-authorized and CDC-recommended for kids 5 to 11. It’s as safe as other childhood vaccines.  Call your pediatrician if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

   
Pennsylvania vaccine providers, including pediatricians, primary care physicians, family doctors, pharmacies, large retailers, federally qualified health centers and grocery stores, are able to schedule appointments and administer the vaccine immediately according to CDC guidance. Many vaccine pre-orders have already been delivered with more expected in the coming days and weeks.

   
Vaccines are the best way to protect your child from the worst effects of COVID-19. Give your child the power to learn, play, and be a kid. 

       


    

Vax Facts: Pediatric Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 were just announced. We know you have questions. With so much information – and misinformation out there - access to reliable, trusted sources can help you make the best decision for you and your family. 

   
That’s why on Nov. 12 at 2 PM, the PA Department of Health is excited to convene a Facebook Live panel of leading Pennsylvania-based medical professionals to answer questions related to the pediatric vaccine, how to get it, and why it is likely the right decision for your child.  

   
The conversation will be moderated by Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson.

   
Have questions? We have answers! Submit questions in advance to VaxFacts@pa.gov

   
Recordings of our previous Vax Facts Events are available:

   
Oct 12 Vax Facts Community Conversations about COVID-19 
July 13 Vax Facts for the Asian Pacific American Community 
June 17 Vax Facts Teen Edition
June 10 Vax Facts on Afternoon Tea on LGBTQ Health
June 3 Vax Facts on Privacy & Safety for the Latinx Community
May 27 Vax Facts on Fertility & Reproductive Health
May 13 Vax Facts for Parents & Guardians

          


    

COVID-19 Booster Shots

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

  
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

     


    

What to Bring to Your Booster Appointment

At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Bring this vaccination card to your booster shot vaccination appointment.

   
If you lost or did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot to find out how you can get a card. You can also contact the PA Department of Health to request your immunization records

  


FAQ

   

Question of the Week

  

Should my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

      

The CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against the virus.  Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your child from getting sick with COVID-19. All three authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Currently, children 5 years and older can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Your child will need a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks after their first shot. 

   
COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes clinical trials and studies in young children and adolescents. To find out more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens, please visit the CDC’s website

  

Have more questions? Check out our Vaccine FAQs.
             


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PA Dept. of Health Hotline: 1-877-724-3258  Web: PA.GOV/COVID